Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington

Food System Pays Dearly as Wall Street Occupies Washington

Despite the Occupy Wall Street movement’s now month-long direct challenge to corporate and financial industry power, the machine keeps rolling along. The 1 percent recently racked up two more big victories. President Barack Obama signed three new free-trade...

The Age of Vulnerability

If you are wondering what the Wall Street crash did for U.S. credibility abroad, listen to this. In the middle of the pain and suffering of the global economic and food crises of 2009, a group of South Asian economists and policy makers met in India and mocked the...

Gulf Oil Spill: America’s Chernobyl

A version of this FPIF commentary will also appear on the Triple Crisis Blog, global perspectives on finance, development, and the environment. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has the familiar ingredients of deregulation, deception, and destruction that characterize...

We’ve Been Slicked by Big Oil

Suddenly, we’re relearning the painful lesson that when technological solutions combine with corporate promises, we often get a toxic mix. This lesson is literally oozing over us in the form of the Gulf of Mexico’s disastrous oil slick, brought to us by...

From the Frontlines: May 7th, 2010

Deregulation and carcinogens, racial foreclosure gaps, and the Fed audit: today’s news and notes. Might want to reconsider how “microwaveable” your Tupperware is: Nicholas Kristof highlights a new report that shows the connections between industry...

The WTO’s Raw Deal on Services

Desperate to clinch a new global trade deal, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy is planning to convene a “mini-ministerial” meeting in the third week of July. The aim of the meeting is to come up with agreements to liberalize trade in agriculture,...

Free Market Famine

In the summer of 2005, the world rocked to Live Aid concerts, and the Make Poverty History Movement celebrated developed countries’ fresh commitments toward the International Development Goals (IDG), development assistance, and debt cancellation at the G8 summit...